Molokaʻi Brush Fire Burns 5 Acres at Kaluakoi

March 26, 2016, 8:19 PM HST · Updated March 26, 8:51 PM
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Molokaʻi brush fire at Kaluakoi. March 26, 2016. Photo credit: Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety.

Molokaʻi brush fire at Kaluakoi. March 26, 2016. Photo credit: Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety.

A brush fire at Kaluakoi on Molokaʻi burned an estimated five acres of light brush and kiawe before being brought under control on Saturday afternoon.

The incident was reported at 2:23 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Maui Fire Captain Rylan Yatsushiro said the Department’s Air 1 helicopter was dispatched from Maui to assist as ground crews faced difficult terrain while attempting to gain access to the fire.

Other units responding to the scene included the department’s Engine 9, Engine 4 and Engine 12.

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According to Capt. Yatsushiro, light winds allowed fire crews to get initial knockdown of the fire just as Air 1 arrived on scene.

At 4:30 p.m., the fire was officially declared contained with crews remaining on scene to put out hot spots and work toward completely extinguishing the fire.

Department officials say there were no threats to homes and no injuries were reported. At this time the cause of the fire remains undetermined.

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